Want to get rid of cellulite without exercise? Ha! You have to admit it, it's in our genes to look for the easy way, right? Bill Gates once said: “I will always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”. Well if you are lazy (which can be considered as a compliment here), a difficult job is to get rid of cellulite, and the easy way would be with the correct diet without exercise.

It's completely understandable if you can't manage to find time for exercise. We live very fast and life today is very stressful, so you will likely watch Netflix or something when you have time, instead of getting sweaty, sticky, and tired. But can you maybe avoid that smelly part, and get rid of cellulite?

With proper nutrition and diet, balanced macros, understanding that nothing comes overnight and a pinch of genetics – you actually can get rid of cellulite without exercise.


What is actually cellulite?


Cellulite (also known as orange-peel skin, cottage-cheese skin, mattress phenomenon, and hail damage) is a term for the formation of lumps and dimples in the skin. It affects nearly 90% of the woman population and 100% of women are not a fan of it (I really never met a woman saying “Oh cellulite! That's so cool!”).

There are numerous researches and all of them make sense, but none of them actually have a point. The best logical explanation I managed to find out there is that cellulite starts to build up when estrogen level in women decreases in the approach to menopause. That causes a decreased blood flow to the connective tissue under the skin, and voila, you can see little lumps and dimples.

However, that doesn't happen overnight as you may think. Like every process in the body, it takes time before you notice it. You don't just wake up one morning and say “Jeez, yesterday I had a six-pack here, how did this huge floppy stomach manage to wrap around me overnight?“. Just like that stomach took some time to build up, it's the same thing with cellulite. Sorry to say it this way, but not everything is about hormones and genetics. You worked for it. You got it.

So in 2009 scientists made a severity scale, which is something like the gradation of cellulite forming. It has three stages and they are explained perfectly:

  1. First grade is called mild. Our eyes are not sharp enough to spot cellulite at this stage. It can be seen under the microscope. The skin may look slightly sagging, but cellulite itself will not be seen.
  2. Second grade is called moderate. At this point, cellulite is visible and skin is kinda pale in comparison to the rest of the body’s natural color. That may be because the skin is being stretched by the fat underneath. Also, if you touch those parts, they can be a bit cooler. Usually, parts of the body that are colder than the rest have bad blood circulation and tend to build up fat, in order to “keep you warm and cozy”.
  3. Third and the last grade is called severe. At this point, cellulite is extremely visible, the skin is very saggy and severely draped.

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What causes cellulite?


We always tend to prevent things before they happen, right? But if we didn't manage to prevent it, the best solution is always to figure out how did it happen, so we can provide a permanent solution. When we talk about cellulite that can be a little tricky because there can be numerous things that can cause it.




Even though we can't control this, we can understand it. The older you are, the more chances you got of getting cellulite. And that's a fact.

However, it's not that big deal. There are other things that play a much bigger role in getting cellulite.




Hormones in our body play games with us all the time, and they don't just point one thing. They can mess up all kinds of things! We can gain weight, or rapidly lose it, start having some metabolism malfunctions, and even get cellulite!

Hormone therapies are okay, but first, consult your doctor and make sure that issue lays there! Many people are just stressed out because of their ultra-fast lives, and stress can come in the same form as hormonal disbalance.

I'm not saying you have to meditate all of a sudden. Try just balancing your “happy” time and your “stress” time. Doing so will benefit your overall health and will even fix some hormonal problems.




You can't even imagine how many times I've heard “It's not your fault because you are fat. That's just… genetics“, and it so pisses me off! Is there really something like genetics that can control my body more than me?

Well, I did research and found out that if we are talking about weight loss, cellulite, and that kind of thing, genetics is like 5%.

It's like you and me, running a marathon. You have a genetic predisposition for marathon running, and I do not. That doesn't mean you will beat me. That only means that you are 1 mile in front of me at the start line. And we are running 26 miles.

It's the same as getting cellulite. It already affects 80-90% of the woman population, and genetics is not that big deal with it. However, the next one is:

Diet, nutrition, and lifestyle


First, let's be clear. Cellulite does not have anything to do with toxins in your body!

The issue persists in a different field, the one we often don't want to hear.

You. Don't. Live. Healthy. Lifestyle.

People who suffer from cellulite usually consume more carbohydrates, sodium, salt, and fat than their body needs on a daily level. They also do not consume enough food rich in fibers. And that's only a diet part. Because of our office jobs, people who spend too much time sitting are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.

Skin is our largest organ and like others, it feeds with proteins. Cellulite can also appear due to a lack of protein in the diet. However, a lack of protein is completely understandable because we live very fast and busy lives, and don't manage to cook and eat clean every day.

However, there are some amazing protein snacks that you can carry with you wherever you go, they can keep you full, and they have high-quality protein, and you should definitely consider having them in your diet.

So if you are exercising at least 3 times a week, having a protein-rich diet with the minimum amount of sugar and salt, greens with every meal, and still have cellulite then you can consider visiting a doctor.

Changing a lifestyle and diet will have a huge impact on fighting with cellulite, and if a healthy lifestyle doesn't help you can start assuming that your hormones are not balanced.

Speaking of fighting the cellulite…


How to get rid of cellulite


You can start exercising, everyone knows that, but this article is not about that. I will provide you with healthy solutions that are proven to fight this annoying thing very efficiently.

You can choose a healthy protein diet and get rid of cellulite but that will work slow. In order to speed up a process, you have to include these:

  • Broccoli: I know you probably don't like it but it's a must really! If you do, however, great! Broccoli is rich with alpha-lipoic acid and it promotes collagen production. That results in less dimpling on the surface of fatty cellulite without exerciseareas like the butt, thighs, and tummy.
  • Pineapple: Better news than broccoli, right? Haha! Pineapple contains the enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain is usually given to people after surgery because it has natural powers to reduce swelling (inflammation). It keeps your skin healthy, tight, and firm.
  • Asparagus: Even though we said toxins have nothing to do with cellulite, asparagus will flush all toxins out of your body, and that's because it behaves like a diuretic. Saying that it will flush all excess water from your body, but that's not all. It's also loaded with fibers and it forces minerals to do their job.
  • Sardines: Fish meat is the best meat and everyone knows it. The best thing about sardines is their level of omega 3 fatty acids which are popular in fighting visceral fats.
  • Caffeine: Just like asparagus, caffeine will fight the excess water in your body. Watch out with the sugar, though!
  • Fruits: Include fruits in your diet! Your body needs sugar, but not refined white sugar! Fructose has many health benefits for your body!


Things you should pay attention to


There are a couple more things that you should pay attention to in order to get rid of cellulite only through nutrition. To be honest with you, exercise might even be an easier way. Dieting and tracking everything can be an exhausting process and many people don't like it. But it's the price you pay for not getting sweaty.

Having a protein diet and food mentioned above included will give you results, but as always secrets come in small packages. Here are some things you should bear in mind:

  • Water intake is very important. People tend to be confused when it comes to water retention. They hear all the time about excess water in their body and they just cut the amount of water they drink per day. Wrong! Water retention depends on sodium level, not water intake. Actually, the less water you drink, the more your body will keep inside. That's not what you want. You want to hydrate all day long, so the water can circulate through your body. Drink enough water, your skin will be very thankful, trust me!
  • Potassium intake.  Potassium is one of the most important minerals in our bodies. It prevents sodium to keep all the water inside and it feeds our cells. Kidney beans, bananas, potato (boiled), avocado… All those foods are rich in potassium, and you should balance them in your diet. You can read more about potassium in our article 4 Minerals Your Body Needs Every Day For Normal Functioning.
  • Stress level. People who have a high-stress lifestyle have the level of catecholamines in the body increased. These catecholamines are linked to cellulite being created in the body. We spoke about this earlier in the article, and we'll say it again: Balance your “happy” hours with your “stress” hours. If you need more advanced techniques for getting rid of stress, learn more about meditation and yoga. Those are really helpful!
  • Don't spend a whole day sitting. If you can't exercise or you just don't want to, that is fine, I get it, but it's not a reason to spend a whole day sitting. Take a walk, or do some home squats, get the blood circulating. That way you will reduce the chance of getting cellulite drastically.

So there you go. I basically gave you everything you need to start. All you need to do now is make a diet for yourself and stay on track.

The good thing about cellulite is that it's not dangerous but that doesn't mean you should forget about it.


Alternatives in beating cellulite


As you probably know there are numerous ways to fight this and many of them actually do work. However, you will likely have to pay for them. The wellness industry developed some serious tools for a certain price and no hassle so if you are one of those people, here are some of the good things that you can try:

  • Anti-cellulite massages. There are so many wellness massages that can help you with a battle. I always recommend massages for everything because they are good for your body and it just feels great! The main point of massages is to get your blood to circulate and to bust all the fat under the skin.
  • Liposuction. This is the last thing I recommend doing. Heck, I don't even recommend doing it! I know there are various types of liposuction, but you will agree with me that spending some time on clean eating or exercising is much healthier for you
  • Cellulite creams. This is a kinda grey zone because there are just too many of them. Some work, some don't, but hey, Google is your best friend, and if you have the money, you probably will find what you are looking for.
  • Dry brush. If you make this everyday routing (and by “this” I mean dry skin brushing) it can help you with tightening your skin, because it's good for blood circulation and removing the dead skin cells.

That's it, folks!

I also recommend reading these articles because they are related to this, but it's up to you!


Vladan Ubiparip
Founder at Extreme Loser